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June 30, 2014

Shia LaBeouf, 'not famous' but still in headlines

NEW YORK — Who can forget the time he put a paper bag on his head that read “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE”? Or when he was forced to apologize for plagiarizing parts of his short film? He then promised to retire from public life.

Now, he’s been escorted from a Broadway theater in handcuffs for allegedly yelling obscenities during a performance of “Cabaret.” The guy who insisted he’s not famous was heard screaming, “Do you know who I am”?

Witnessing Shia LaBeouf’s recent off-screen and offstage antics is getting to be like watching a slow-moving train wreck. Has he become the male equivalent of Amanda Bynes?

“Shia LaBeouf is certainly not alone in displaying unusual behavior and even immaturity,” said Jason Maloni, senior vice president at Levick, a strategic communications company that guides clients through challenging media situations. “This is just the latest incident that put him crossways with an actor’s most important constituent — his fan base as well as his fellow professionals.”

Maloni added: “Bad behavior in a public setting followed by an arrest doesn’t make for a very effective visual. Frankly, he’s been perp-walked out of Broadway, quite literally. So he’s in some distress.”

LaBeouf was watching Alan Cumming and Michele Williams in a “Cabaret” revival on Thursday night when his latest problems began. The inside of the theater, which used to be a notorious, coke-fueled disco in the 1970s, has been reworked to look like a decadent Berlin cabaret from the 1930s, with tiny nightclub tables and a working bar.

LaBeouf, who had paid for his ticket, was seen offering a strawberry to a woman and lighting a cigarette. He was also observed slapping Cumming’s rear as the performer walked through the seats to get onstage. Cumming didn’t react.

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